Fret-Free Friday: Fret Buster 12
Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow
An aged, weary woman, carrying a heavy basket, got aboard a train, and when seated she did not let go of her heavy basket. The kind voice of a man sitting next to her spoke these words, "Lay down your burden, madam, the train will carry both it and you." -J.H. Jowett, The Silver Lining
In this illustration, the aged woman's basket and its contents were not bad things. the basket may have contained the food items needed to feed her family that day. It was the weight of the basket that made the woman weary.
Is there something in your life that has become a burden? It may be a good thing, and the right thing for you to do, but there may be a weight associated with it that is making you weary. The Lord may not want you to cast away the good thing, but He does want you to cast the care of it on Him. He wants you to let Him carry it.
Perhaps the weight is associated with your job. The Lord may want you to keep the job but not carry the weight of "striving in your work to get ahead."
Perhaps the weight is associated with a ministry. The Lord may want you to continue in that ministry but not carry the weight of "trying to please people."
Perhaps the weight is associated with a difficult situation. The Lord may want you to press through the difficulty but not carry the weight of "doing it in your own strength."
The Lord desires to release you from every burden that would weigh you down, make your heart heavy, or rob you of the strength you need to do His will. He will sustain you. He is able to carry both you and the weight of your burden!
Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22).